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workmaster (plural workmasters)

  1. (archaic) Master workman; overseer; employer of workmen.
    • 1560, Geneva Bible, Wisdom of Solomon 13:1-2,[1]
      Surely all men are vaine by nature, and are ignorant of God, and colde not knowe him that is, by the good things that are sene, nether consider by the workes the work-master. But thei thoght the fyre, or the winde or the swift aire, or the course of the starres, or the raging water, or the lights of heaven to be governours of the worlde, and gods.
    • 1571, Arthur Golding, The Psalmes of David and others. With M. John Calvins Commentaries, “Epistle Dedicatorie,”[2]
      [] Sathan the workmaster of all mischeef being greved that his own kingdome draweth to an end [] like a slie Serpent setteth snares and pitfalles innumerable, to intrap men and bring them to destruction by policie []
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica: A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, p. 17,[3]
      Our garments also should be referr’d to the licencing of some more sober work-masters to see them cut into a lesse wanton garb.
    • 1703, Richard Neve (pseudonym T. N. Philomath), The City and Countrey Purchaser, and Builder’s Dictionary, London: J. Sprint et al., title page,[4]
      The Customs, and Methods of Measuring of all Artificers Work, concern’d in Building; together with the City and Countrey Prices, not only of Workmanship, but of Materials also: The which will be extraordinary useful in making of Bargains, or Contracts betwixt the Workmaster and Workman; and likewise in computing the Value (or Charge of Erecting) of any Fabrick, great or small.
  2. A craftsman who owns a workshop. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)